The View From 1776

Crushing Power of Our Collectivist Political State

Obama is again ignoring the Constitution, specifically the Fifth Amendment which protects individuals’ property rights, as well as the Ninth and Tenth Amendments of the Bill of Rights.

Michael Porcari emailed the web link to Obama begins Zimbabwe style confiscation of white owned land in Wyoming

We have already seen Federal takeover of American automobile manufacturers as well as regulation of the mining, financial, and healthcare systems that effectively confiscates much of their participants’ property rights.  Now, in the Wyoming land-grab case above, we see the Federal government overriding both the Fifth Amendment and the Ninth and Tenth Amendments, which guarantee the pre-Constitutional rights of individuals and states not granted to the Federal government.

Nothing in the Constitution authorizes arbitrary seizure of private property rights long settled by Federal and state laws.

The Constitution was expressly designed for a Federal government of limited powers, and the Bill of Rights was intended expressly to protect individual rights and political liberties against any individual or group arrogating to itself coercive power to override the “certain unalienable” God-given, natural law rights referenced in the Declaration of Independence.  As the Federalist Papers (1787-1789) expressed it, the system of checks and balances woven into the Constitution was intended to pit ambition against ambition in order to foreclose arbitrary Federal action.

The strongest objection in 1787-1789 to ratifying the Constitution was fear by Anti-Federalist groups that it delegated far too much power to the Federal government.

To Obama, the reputed Constitutional law expert, this apparently means nothing. To Obama and his fellow liberal-progressives, the socialistic goal of wealth redistribution far outweighs individual liberties.  Their paradigm is a society in which academic experts and executive department functionaries decide what is best for the nation’s citizens and forcibly impose their plans, secure in the belief that they are the only truly caring representatives of the now Godless political state.

That paradigm is the same as Lenin’s Soviet dictatorship of the proletariat, in which the Politburo was presumed to represent infallibly the will of the people.